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## density

density, ratio of the mass of a substance to its volume, expressed, for example, in units of grams per cubic centimeter or pounds per cubic foot. The density of a pure substance varies little from sample to sample and is often considered a characteristic property of the substance. Most substances undergo expansion when heated and therefore have lower densities at higher temperatures. Many substances, especially gases, can be compressed into a smaller volume by increasing the pressure acting on them. For these reasons, the temperature and pressure at which the density of a substance is measured are usually specified. The density of a gas is often converted mathematically to what it would be at a standard temperature and pressure (see STP). Water is unusual in that it expands, and thus decreases in density, as it is cooled below 3.98℃ (its temperature of maximum density). Density often is taken as an indication of how “heavy” a substance is. Iron is denser than cork, since a given volume of iron is more massive (and weighs more) than the same volume of cork. It is often said that iron is “heavier” than cork, although a large volume of cork obviously can be more massive and thus be heavier (i.e., weigh more) than a small volume of iron. See specific gravity.

## Density

The mass per unit volume of a material. The term is applicable to mixtures and pure substances and to matter in the solid, liquid, gaseous, or plasma state. Density of all matter depends on temperature; the density of a mixture may depend on its composition, and the density of a gas on its pressure. Common units of density are grams per cubic centimeter, and slugs or pounds per cubic foot. The specific gravity of a material is defined as the ratio of its density to the density of some standard material, such as water at a specified temperature, for example, 60°F (15.6°C), or, for gases the basis may be air at standard temperature and pressure. Another related concept is weight density, which is defined as the weight of a unit volume of the material. See Mass, Weight

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## density

1. Symbol: ρ. The mass per unit volume of a body or material. The mean density of a celestial body is its total mass divided by its total volume. A wide variation in densities is found in the Universe, ranging from about 10–20 kg m–3 for interstellar gas to over 1017 kg m–3 for neutron stars. The mean density of matter in the Universe is of the order of 10–27 kg m–3.
2. The number of electrons, ions, or other particles per unit volume.
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## Density

A planning or zoning unit of measurement of the ratio between buildings per acre, or occupants per gross square foot of floor area, according to the type of zoning for that particular area under consideration, such as commercial residential, rural, and the like.
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## Density

in textiles, the content of fibrous material per unit volume. The density of a weave determines the strength and appearance of the fabric. It is usually expressed by the number of warp threads per unit of width and the number of filling threads per unit of length—that is, the ratio of absolute density along warp and filling. When the linear density (fineness) of the threads varies, a ratio of relative density is used, expressed by a filling coefficient—linear, surface, or volume—representing the relationship of the linear measurements of surface or volume to the overall width, length, surface, or volume of a unit of material. The relative density is determined basically by the type of fiber interlacing used in the weave. For a weave of normal density, about 40 or 50 percent of the volume of a fabric consists of fibrous material.

## density

[′den· səd·ē]
(materials)
Closeness of texture or consistency.
(mathematics)
For an increasing sequence of integers, the greatest lower bound of the quantity F (n)/ n, where F (n) is the number of integers in the sequence (other than zero) equal to or less than n.
(mechanics)
The mass of a given substance per unit volume.
(optics)
The degree of opacity of a translucent material.
The common logarithm of opacity.
(physics)
The total amount of a quantity, such as energy, per unit of space.
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## density

The degree of aggregation; the quantity of any entity distributed over an area per unit of areal measure, e.g., persons per acre, families per acre, or dwelling units per square mile.
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## density

1. a measure of the compactness of a substance, expressed as its mass per unit volume. It is measured in kilograms per cubic metre or pounds per cubic foot.
2. a measure of a physical quantity per unit of length, area, or volume
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## bit density

The number of binary digits (bits) that can be stored within a given memory or storage area. See bit and bpi.

One Memory Cell This is one bit in an early 16MB dynamic RAM (DRAM) chip. Although a thousand times less dense compared to today, there were nevertheless 16,777,216 cells in the quarter-inch-square chip. (Image courtesy of IBM.)

## packing density

The number of bits or tracks per inch of recording surface. Also refers to the number of memory bits or other electronic components on a chip.
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